Most people living in Australia know that the water coming out of their taps contain some fluoride. If you didnt... well now you do.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral which aids enamel to make teeth stronger.
Fluoride does not naturally occur in H20, it is artificially added to our water supply.
This is a result of the implementation of water fluoridation in the 1960s. Today more than 90% of the community water supplies contain fluoride. The rationale behind water fluoridation stems from the apparent need to reduce cases of tooth decay. According to its proponents, fluoride in water acts directly on the teeth enamel, thereby promoting remineralisation.
What most people don't know is that health experts and dentists are torn on the topic. There are many that don't actually agree or can prove that adding fluoride to our water supply actually makes a difference. There's significant criticism in the scientific community regarding the implementation. Those who are against have presented a long list of reasons why adding fluoride in the public water supply is an inappropriate practice.
You are Getting Medical Treatment If You Like it or Not!
Fluoride in the public water supply is used as a form of the drug, because its presence is to theoretically prevent tooth decay. At least that's what supporters of water fluoridation believe. All chemicals added to drinking water only serve to improve its suitability for drinking.
Another thing that makes this topic more controversial is that...
Water fluoridation was implemented without seeking citizensâ€™ approval,
You are getting fluoride from your drinking water, and you have no choice. If you don't like it, your only options are to buy bottled water or install home filters to remove impurities from your tap water. Many critics think,
- It's unethical of governments
- It's unethical to force medication upon people who don't know they're being forced to take it
- It's unethical to add anything to your water that poses health risks in the long run
So you may be asking, but if it's improving our health, why is there an issue with the implementation of fluoridation?
What Damage Can Fluoride Do to Your Body?
Everybody gets fluoride unless you do not drink any water from any tap, anywhere. In reality, many people and families around the country rely on the community water supply.
If you're drinking more glasses of water from your taps than from any other source, you're probably getting more fluoride than needed. Its like having a daily dose of a drug. What's worse is you may also be getting it from other sources aside from the water you drink. Toothpastes and oral hygiene products also have fluoride. There are also traces in vegetables and crops.
You are possibly overdosing on this chemical, and you may be thinking it's okay because you are preventing a deficiency as if that deficiency leads to some serious health problem... But the truth is it doesn't.
2) It's not a health requirement
Fluoride is never a health requirement. You don't need it, not even to keep your teeth strong and prevent tooth decay. There are other ways.
3) Interferes with body processes
Some research shows that it actually has no benefits and can interfere with some physiological processes. It interferes with many essential body processes and impacts our health.
4) Builds up in your body and cause complications
Fluoride can also gradually build up in your body. Your kidneys are only removing a little over half of it sometimes. The rest stays inside your body, particularly in the bones. Kids store more of it as they are growing. That's why they are prone to fluorosis, a condition characterised by teeth discolouration. It's caused by exposure to high levels of fluoride.
5) Fluoride affects the brain
Fluoride has some neurotoxic properties. Studies conducted on animals showed that it builds up in the brain and gets in the way of proper brain functioning. Not only does it affect cognitive function, but also can cause brain damage.
Other Shocking Truths
Water fluoridation started more than 50 years ago, but in the span of 5 decades, no obvious trials have yet been made to test the effectiveness of fluoridation.
Tooth decay statistics between countries that implemented Fluoridation and countries that didn't have been done and results show no significant difference in the tooth decay cases between the two groups. The decline in tooth decay cases is roughly similar between these countries, suggesting that there are other factors involved that reduce tooth decay trends possibly better oral hygiene over the years.
There is more cases of tooth decay in low-income communities that have received fluoridated water for some time. Poor communities are supposed to get the most benefit from water fluoridation, because they have limited access to professional dental care. Children from poor families remain vulnerable to tooth problems regardless of the amount of fluoride they take.
Fluoride is a nutrient associated with lower IQ. Multiple studies from Mexico, China, and India confirmed this.
What Can YOU Do?
Much of the criticism towards community water fluoridation comes from studies conducted in the last three decades that explained the possible effects of the mineral in humans. The mere fact that fluoride has not been proven to improve dental health is a reason to not drink fluoridated water.
However, because the government prefers to treat our water with this chemical, we have no choice.
Despite studies showing that this may lead to more cases of fluorosis, cognitive problems, thyroid problems, and bone disease
. It's difficult to explain why the government leans towards this practice.
Many communities, especially in Queensland, are already taking action and removing the Fluoride from their water systems, but there is a long way to go before Australia's water systems are Fluoride free.
For now it is your choice whether or not to consume the water provided but...
The good news is there is a alternative!
If you don't wish to drink fluoridated water, you can either buy distilled water or install water filters in your home.
Top-quality water filters are safe and easily used at home or in an office and bottled water is very accessible and can be more affordable than you think especially when it comes to your health.
At the end of the day, it's your choice and your body.